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Investigating the Underground: The Art of Harry Sudman

Investigating the Underground: The Art of Harry Sudman
I have been aware of Harry Sudman’s paintings for several years but routinely missed opportunities to view his pieces in person.  After getting in touch with Sudman, we scheduled to meet at his studio in early May to view his paintings and discuss his process.  What I had anticipated to be a brief display of paintings and a quick chat morphed into a three hour, in-depth discussion about the Chicago... 

Meeting of Styles (MOS) 2011

Meeting of Styles (MOS) 2011
Meeting of Styles (MOS) is an annual meet-up of graffiti writers and aficionados. Artists are invited and assigned to an area on stretches of wall space. Public focus is emphasized at the main wall called the “Wall of Style” located at 30th and Kedzie Avenue. The remaining permissioned wall locations are segmented in general proximity to the Wall of Style. To get a good perspective about the event... 

Jayson Lawfer: The Nevica Project

Jayson Lawfer: The Nevica Project
Sol LeWitt. Distorted Cubes. (Image Courtesy of Jayson Lawfer.) In our contemporary times, you will not (always) find the life-long artist, or the sole curator or even the staple art collector/dealer/consultant ménage trio. You might instead see professionals in the arts wearing many hats working synonymously as artists, curators, consultants, directors and educators. These hats belong to many of... 

“All Forms of Rocking”: Meet Christopher Tavares Silva

“All Forms of Rocking”: Meet Christopher Tavares Silva
Puerto Rican born and a resident of Chicago since 1983, Christopher Tavares Silva has been a long-time contributor to the Chicago art community. After living in Puerto Rico for the past few years, Silva has made a recent return and planted new roots in his lifelong city.  Silva’s career as an artist began with the influence and then eventual practice of graffiti writing and street art. He received... 

The Conversation Continues with Artist Mark Moleski

The Conversation Continues with Artist Mark Moleski
The best feeling for me is when something comes full circle – especially when it involves art. Mark and I first met when I helped coordinate the 2009 BFA show at Columbia College. Mark was one of the graduating fine artists in the show. As a matter of fact he was also one of the first artists I had ever done a studio visit with. The work of Mark Moleski was progressing amazingly then and it so great... 

A Weekend in Pilsen and Exhibitionism (again)

A Weekend in Pilsen and Exhibitionism (again)
If I could have spent my entire personal savings last night at the Beer Run Gallery, I would have. Beer Run is not just an art gallery but part of the Pilsen art community so it is unfortunate that they are closing the doors. The good news is that many came and supported, in presence or purchase, the end of many great art initiatives and the beginning of more to come. Unlike the varied themes... 

Unleash the lease. Torluemke and Soto

Unleash the lease. Torluemke and Soto
Joshua Ginsberg owner and founder of Chicago Art Leasing LLC discussed with me why he thinks leasing art is a great way to support artists aside from selling artwork outright, “it takes the hassle out of the art buying process because the 300+ artists on our roster gives an eclectic mix of art that you won’t always find in most commercial galleries and we offer a varied price range depending... 

Disco balls. Yoga. Painting for everyone.

Disco balls. Yoga. Painting for everyone.
Image from projection of Jettison Quarterlys Fall Issue, Release Party at Empty Bottle, September 2010 Fall rolled in today, which means soon the weather will be dreadfully cold and people will be making less effort to attend art events. This makes us sad but for those of you who plan to hibernate this winter you might want to consider some new reading material to get you through. For starters I recommend... 
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